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Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Take time to read God's word

'''The Wicker Basket'''

The story is told of an old man who lived on a farm in the mountains of
eastern Kentucky with his young grandson. Each morning, Grandpa was up early
sitting at the kitchen table reading from his old worn-out Bible. His
grandson who wanted to be just like him tried to imitate him in any way he

One day the grandson asked, 'Papa, I try to read the Bible just like you
but I don't understand it, and what I do understand I forget as soon as I
close the book. What good does reading the Bible do?' The Grandfather
quietly turned from putting coal in the stove and said, 'Take this old
wicker coal basket down to the river and bring back a basket of water.'

The boy did as he was told, even though all the water leaked out be fore he
could get back to the house. The grandfather laughed and said, 'You will
have to move a little faster next time,' and sent him back to the river with
the basket to try again. This time the boy ran faster, but again the old
wicker basket was empty before he returned home. out of breath, he told his
grandfather that it was 'impossible to carry water in a basket,' and he went
to get a bucket instead. The old man said, 'I don't want a bucket of water;
I want a basket of water. You can do this. You're just not trying hard
enough,' and he went out the door to watch the boy try again.

At this point, the boy knew it was impossible, but he wanted to show his
grandfather that even if he ran as fast as he could, the water would leak
out before he got far at all. The boy scooped the water and ran hard, but
when he reached his grandfather the basket was again empty. Out of breath,
he said, 'See Papa, it's useless!'

'So you think it is useless?' The old man said, 'Look at the basket.'

The boy looked at the basket and for the first time he realized that the
basket looked different. Instead of a dirty old wicker coal basket, it was

'Son, that's what happens when you read the Bible. You might not
understand or remember everything, but when you read it, it will change you
from the inside out.'

Moral of the wicker basket story: Take time to read a portion of God's
word each day; it will affect you for good even if you don't retain a word.

For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart.

- Heb 4:12

Dear Lord I pray that we would take the time no matter how short each day to read your word. As we read it Lord I pray that we will gain the things you would have for us to learn. In Jesus Name, Amen

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Surrendering to the cross

Jesus wants us to seriously look into our hearts and surrender those things that hold us back from fully following and serving him. We each know what they are. He comes to us with his now nail-scarred hands and reminds us that he gave up everything to redeem us. He now wants us to surrender to the Cross the things that hold us back. Let's do it today!

And anyone who does not take his cross and follow me is not worthy of me. Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.
— Matthew 10:38-39

Dear Lord we are sorry for the areas of our life that we have kept hidden away from the righteousness that your Spirit is working to cultivate in us. We now confess those secret areas of sin to you and ask that you cleanse us and liberate us from Satan's power that binds them to us and holds me back from whole-hearted service to your Son. In Jesus. Amen.

Monday, September 28, 2009

God's word is a light - Special prayer request

God's word is a light to our dark path in a morally uncertain world. It must be our standard for right and wrong, righteousness and evil. As God's will and Word have sway in our life, we are delivered from all sorts of destructive practices that can ruin our lives.

Direct my footsteps according to your word; let no sin rule over me.
— Psalm 119:133

Dear Lord who raises the dead and restores the fallen, make my heart delight in your truth and our life more perfectly conformed to your will. Lead us in your way and guide our footsteps in righteousness. Help us to break the bondage that Satan might use to control us and ruin our godly influence. We pray for the many that have been affected by the Tropical storm in the Philippines. We pray for the families that lost loved ones and those that lost everything they had, reach down and comfort them. In Jesus' Amen.

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Watching the words we say

How many times have you found yourself saying the "wrong" thing? I imagine it is more often than I would like to recall. Jesus' words on this topic are indeed convicting: "Out of the abundance of the heart does the mouth speak." In other words, poor words and bad timing in our speech are more issues of our heart than issues of social skills and decorum. Let's ask God to purify, mend, and re-focus our heart on his will and passions

The lips of the righteous know what is fitting, but the mouth of the wicked only what is perverse.
— Proverbs 10:32

Dear God, please purify my heart of all evil, hate, prejudice, malice, lust and greed. By the powerful name of Jesus, please drive away any evil power or enticing temptation that would corrupt my heart and wound my soul. Fill my heart with love, grace, righteousness, holy passion, gentleness, forbearance, sensitivity, courage, conviction, and forgiveness. Give me discernment to know which of these qualities are needed at any given moment. Sanctify me -- body, soul, and spirit -- with your Holy Spirit. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Saturday, September 26, 2009

God's goodness

God is our good Shepherd. Our destiny is tied to his goodness and mercy which he longs to shower upon us until he brings us home to dwell with him forever. As we face the things this world throws at us we need to rest in the fact that His mercy is there to sustain us.

Surely goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever.
— Psalm 23:6

Dear Lord please bathe our hearts in your goodness and reach through us and help our influence extend your love to others. Make our heart and hope find its hope in you. In Jesus' name, Amen.

Friday, September 25, 2009

Prepare a table before me

While the enemy of the righteous may flourish for a season, God will lavish his love and show his favor on the righteous. As the apostle Paul reminded his dear friends in Philippi, their prayers and the work of the Holy Spirit guaranteed his deliverance: he would either be delivered from prison and death to serve them, or he would be delivered from prison through death to go be with the Father (Phil. 3:19-23). Either way, God's righteous will get a banquet, a place of honor, and a royal welcome that will vindicate their faithfulness before those who oppose them.

You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.
— Psalm 23:5

Dear Lord we do believe that you will throw a party in our honor and treat us as one of your royal children. Thank you for this promise. Thank you for the assurance of ultimate vindication. Thank you for making our life overflow with your love and grace. In Jesus' name , Amen.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Think on these things

Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable--if anything is excellent or praiseworthy--think about such things.

-Philippians 4:8

Below are a list of great thoughts to think on.

Anger is a condition in which the tongue works faster than the mind.

You can't change the past,but you can ruin the present by worrying over the future.

Love...and you shall be loved.

God always gives His best to thosewho leave the choice with Him.

All people smile in the same language.

A hug is a great gift... one size fits all.It can be given for any occasion and it's easy to exchange.

Everyone needs to be loved...especially when they do not deserve it.

The real measure of a man's wealth is what he has invested in eternity.

Laughter is God's sunshine.

Everyone has beauty but not everyone sees it.

It's important for parents to live the same things they teach.

Thank God for what you have,TRUST GOD for what you need.

If you fill your heart with regrets of yesterday and the worries of tomorrow, you have no today to be thankful for.

Man looks at outward appearance but the Lord looks within.

The choice you make today will usually affect tomorrow.

Take time to laugh, for it is the music of the soul.

If anyone speaks badly of you, live so none will believe it.

Patience is the ability to idle your motor when you feel like stripping your gears.

Love is strengthened by working through conflicts together.

The best thing parents can do for their children is to love each other.

Harsh words break no bones but they do break hearts.

To get out of a difficulty, one usually must go through it.

We take for granted the things that we should be giving thanks for.

Love is the only thing that can be divided without being diminished.

Happiness is enhanced by others but does not depend upon others.

For every minute you are angry with someone, you lose 60 seconds of happiness that you can never get back.

Do what you can, for who you can, with what you have, and where you are

Dear Lord I pray that as we go from day to day and face the things before us that we would remember to think on the things that are true, noble, right, pure, lovely, and admirable. In Jesus Name, Amen

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Deny ourself and take up the cross

Offering ourselves to God isn't easy because it means we must first die to our own selfish will. Like Jesus did in the Garden of Gethsemane, we face our own cross and must cry out, "Not my will, dear Father, but your will be done!"

Then he said to them all: "If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me."
— Luke 9:23’

Dear Lord, thank you for sending Jesus as my Savior. Lord Jesus, I want to follow you. I don't want it to be half-hearted or hypocritical. I want your life to be seen in everything I do. So please show me the areas where my heart needs to be softened and my character needs to be shaped by the Spirit so that I can more perfectly reflect your glory, grace, and character to those around me. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Transforming our minds

The motivation for our holiness is God's incredible mercy and grace. We offer ourselves to Him because He has already shown us his love through the sacrifice of Jesus. As we offer ourselves to honor Him, we are worshipping Him. As we refuse to be molded into the lifestyle of the world, we offer Him praise. As we consistently do these things with our lives, God's will becomes even clearer. With the Spirit's help, we are daily being transformed to be more like Jesus as we display more of the character of God

Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God's mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God -- this is your spiritual act of worship. Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is -- his good, pleasing and perfect will.
— Romans 12:1-2

Dear Lord, as the old hymn says, "Have thine own way Lord ... mold me and make me after thy will!" I gladly offer you my heart, my life, and my future to be used to your glory. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Monday, September 21, 2009

Love is an action

Love is much more than a feeling or an attitude: love is an action. When we love, we show it by our deeds. As disciples of Jesus, our love is shown by our obedience to the things Jesus taught. Of course, that obedience brings an incredible blessing -- Jesus reveals himself to those who obey him!

[Jesus said] "Whoever has my commands and obeys them, he is the one who loves me. He who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I too will love him and show myself to him."
— John 14:21

Dear LORD, please forgive me for my sins. Help me to show the love you have put in me. Empower me to resist the Evil One. Help me find delight in obeying the teaching of my Lord and Savior, Jesus. In Jesus name amen

Sunday, September 20, 2009

The Holy Spirit lives inside of us

The Holy Spirit, who lives in us, is our guarantee of a greater glory that is to come .The Spirit is the firstfruits of that glory that is to be revealed in us. Our current state is only a foretaste of what lies ahead for us; we yearn to be clothed and to reside in our heavenly dwelling and to be at home with God

Not only so, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for our adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies.
— Romans 8:23

Dear Lord, you have blessed us with so many wonderful blessings. We thank you for each and every one of them. At the same time, we do long to be brought into your presence in glory as your child. The pain and heartache of the world, the fragility of our body, and our frustration with our own vulnerability to sin keep us longing for the day that your Son returns in glory. Until that day, help us as I try to be your holy child. In Jesus' name, Amen.

Saturday, September 19, 2009

They Word is a lamp to my feet

So often, those of us who have received the blessings of faith and the guidelines of the Word of God don't fully appreciate them. Can you imagine what it is like to try to define ones worth, clarify ones values, and establish ones sense of purpose without a standard of truth? Imagine what it would be like to be lost without a map and without a compass? Remember what it was like to wake up in an unfamiliar place as a child in the pitch black darkness totally disoriented? We don't have to worry about that now, do we? God's Word -- both Scripture and his Son -- light our dark paths and show us the way home!

Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path.
— Psalm 119:105

Dear LORD, thank you for not leaving me in darkness. Your Word lights my path and your Son, the Light of the World, lights my life. Thank you for not leaving me alone to find my way. In Jesus' name. Amen

Friday, September 18, 2009

Where two or three are gathered

I read this today and liked it:

When are friends more than friends? When they gather in the name of Jesus and He meets with them there.

For where two or three come together in my name, there am I with them.
— Matthew 18:20

Dear Lord, thank you for sending your Son, to bless us with His presence during our worship. Open my heart to rejoice in his presence as we meet with friends who share our faith. In Jesus name, Amen.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Walking through the dark valley

Death is something we don't like to think about it, much less talk about it. However, death is that one reality that will not leave us alone. We lose friends and family members to death. At one point in our lives, we too, will face this inevitability unless Jesus comes before our passing. So what is our assurance as we face the inescapable? Our Shepherd! He will walk us through, guiding and protecting and comforting us in our journey. And as Christians, this promise is more real because we know Jesus as our Good Shepherd, and he has taken the walk ahead of us to insure that our walk through death's valley doesn't end in death, but in glory.

Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.
— Psalm 23:4

Dear Lord thank you that we do not have to face death alone. We look for your guidance and listen for your voice to lead us through death's dark valley and bring us to your holy and glorious presence in victory and with joy. In Jesus' name, Amen.

Please pray for a friend who said goodbye to her brother today, but is excited that someday she will be reunited with him in heaven.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Wisdom is greater then riches

What are the greatest riches in life? The longer the Lord allows me to walk on this globe we call Earth I realize the greatest riches aren’t silver or gold but the things I have learned and the people I have gotten to share my life with. As we see in today’s verse it is better to chose wisdom over the riches, which helps us understand what is valuable. It helps show what is true, what is worthy of our heart, and what is not.

How much better to get wisdom than gold, to choose understanding rather than silver!
— Proverbs 16:16

Dear Lord, God of the Ages and Giver of every good and perfect gift, please bless us with holy and practical wisdom so that we can more fully know how you have blessed us and so that we can be the blessing to others that you want us to be. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

We can overcome sin

In the following verses we get a great reminder that sin is no longer our master and no longer our choice. We choose to live for God with every fiber of our being and hate the life of sin that once held us in bondage to death and defeat.

What then? Shall we sin because we are not under law but under grace? By no means!
— Romans 6:15
What shall we say, then? Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase? By no means! We died to sin; how can we live in it any longer?
— Romans 6:1-2

Dear Lord, I pray that we would live our lives in a way that would bring honor to you. Help us to claim the promise that we are no longer slaves to sin and that with your help we can overcome any temptation that comes our way. In Jesus Name, Amen

Monday, September 14, 2009

Sowing the seed

I love reading the parables of our Lord, the master story teller.

"If you plant for a year, plant grain.
If you plant for ten years, plant trees.
If you plant for a 100 years, plant men.
If you plant for eternity, plant the word."
- Unknown

"Listen then to what the parable of the Sower means:
When anyone hears the message about the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what was sown in his heart. This is the seed sown along the path.
The one who received the seed that fell on rocky places is the man who hears the word and at once receives it with joy. But since he has no root, he lasts only a short time. When trouble or persecution comes because of the word, he quickly falls away.
The one who received the seed that fell among the thorns is the man who hears the word, but the worries of this life and the deceitfulness of wealth choke it, making it unfruitful.
But the one who received the seed that fell on good soil is the man who hears the word and understands it. He produces a crop, yielding a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown."
Matthew 13:18-23

Dear Lord I pray that I would watch for those opportunities to plant your word in the hearts of those around me. In Jesus name, Amen

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Waiting for Christ's return

Each day as we travel this Earth heading toward our final destination). We are in waiting! For Jesus, who offered his own life for our redemption, glorious return to take us home. During our time of waiting, let's be eager to do what is right, good, and holy.

We wait for the blessed hope--the glorious appearing of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for himself a people that are his very own, eager to do what is good.
— Titus 2:13-14

Dear Lord make me glorious. Do these things for your praise and for the blessing of those who need to know you better. Please forgive me for the times I have settled for mediocrity and stir me to a holy passion to belong to you. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Saturday, September 12, 2009

God's grace

Grace is not about excuses for our sins, but about a deep-seated thanksgiving for pardon and a life-changing commitment to say "No!" to all that is evil, corrupt, and wicked no matter how alluring or how pervasive they may be in our culture.

For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men. It teaches us to say "No" to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age...
— Titus 2:11-12

Dear Lord, I praise you for your costly grace and love demonstrated to me in Jesus. Helpme be strong to my commitment to say "No!" to all those sins that required my Savior's pain and humiliation. I ask all these things in Jesus name, Amen.

Friday, September 11, 2009

Living in God's will

If we have been cleansed from sin, if we have died with Christ in baptism and have been cleansed thoroughly and completely by the Holy Spirit, then let's live for God! Let's resist sin, and our inclination to sin, with all our might, knowing that as we do, the Holy Spirit will empower us to a much greater righteousness than we could ever live on our own. Let's begin each day with a conscious decision to do His will and to be dead to our sinful past and alive to the goal of the holy character of God!

In the same way, count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus. Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey its evil desires.
— Romans 6:11-12

Dear Lord, help my heart remain firmly committed to your will and more fully conformed to your holy character and grace. In Jesus Name, Amen.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Living the life of integrity

"Tell the truth the first time and then you won't have to remember what you said." That's a quote attributed to the famous Speaker of the House (U.S.A. House of Representatives) Sam Rayburn. That's what God's wisdom is trying to teach us in this passage. Be a person of integrity. Then, when someone finds out your secrets, you can feel secure knowing that you have lived for godliness. However, a perverse and deceitful person has to constantly worry that someone will find him out. There is no security or assurance in crooked paths, only the certainty of getting tripped up and caught. When the secrets of evil that have been whispered in dark places get shouted from the rooftops, those who have lived for the Lord can be secure, knowing that what gets shouted about them is said with the voice of God: "Well done, good and faithful servant!"

The man of integrity walks securely, but he who takes crooked paths will be found out.
— Proverbs 10:9

Dear Lord please forgive me, for those times that I have been secretive and dishonest. Help me speak only what is true and appropriate. Transform my evil secrets, through your holy grace, into a holy character that is the same both in public and private. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Be strong and courageous

While in the verse these words were spoken to Joshua when he took over for Moses, they are also applicable to us. Take a moment and read Psalm 139 out loud and see that God's promise to be with us is for all who truly call upon him. Listen to Jesus' words in Matthew 28:18-20, as he promises his disciples to "be with them always, even to the close of the age." Remember God's promise, reiterated from an Old Testament blessing in Hebrews 13:5, "Never will I leave you, never will I desert you!" Let's be strong; our God, our Father, our Shepherd is always near, even if it doesn't seem so. We cannot go anywhere without his presence being near us and in us. We are not alone. We don't have to be afraid. In fact, not even death can separate us from his love (see Romans 8:35-39).

"Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go."
— Joshua 1:9

Dear Lord be near, not only in your promise and not only with your presence, but also in my awareness. I need to know you are near when I respond to the incredible opportunities before me. I need to be confident in your help and sustaining love as I face the rigorous challenges in my life. Help me to trust in your unfailing love. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

God's Word, God's tool for the heart

As I looked into this verse it made me think about my dad, almost 10 years ago his time on Earth was over only to beign an eternity with his Lord and Savior. When my dad passed away I had many questions. Why couldn’t dad’s heart be healed? With all the great tools man has to repair the heart... by-pass surgery? ... angioplasty? ... artificial heart? ... transplant? I am thankful that my dad allowed the Word of God, God’s tool for the heart to reach into his soul and to inturn become a blessing to those around him. How much of your heart are you offering to God and his powerful heart-healing tool to touch? As you open God's Scripture, as you hear the message of God preached, why not ask for the Holy Spirit's help to help you understand, apply, and put into practice what is being taught? Let's offer our hearts to the Great Physician to do his work in us!

For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.
— Hebrews 4:12

Dear Lord, I thank you for my dad and the lesson we can learn form his life. I ask that as we open your Scriptures and hear your Word preached and taught, that the Holy Spirit penetrate our heart and convict us of sin, discomfort us in areas where we need growth, and stir us in areas where we need motivation to be more like Jesus, and that we can be a blessing to those that our in our life. In Jesus name, Amen.

Monday, September 7, 2009

God quenches the thirst and satisfies the hunger

One of the recurring truths found in the Bible is God quenches the thirst and satisfies the hunger of those who seek him. So often we try to soothe the ache in our soul and fill the emptiness in our heart with what is only a temporary satisfaction that only God's presence can really fill. As we face each thing that seems to satisfy let us seek what the LORD has to show us!

For he satisfies the thirsty and fills the hungry with good things.
— Psalm 107:9

Dear Lord, forgive me, for trying to find the satisfaction for my soul's hunger in what is not truly sustaining. As I seek you, dear LORD, please make your presence known as you satisfy my spiritual thirst and satisfy my soul's hunger. In Jesus name, Amen.

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Taking the time to rest

Sometimes we don't slow down for anything! Well, almost anything. When we get too caught up in our own plans, the LORD, our Shepherd, slows us down and makes us lie down. Our Shepherd knows we need rest, nourishment, and refreshment and helps us, yes and even sometimes makes us, find "green pastures" and "still waters." He then leads us in the direction of his righteousness and holiness once we are rested and refreshed. Let’s take the time this week to find the “green pastures” and the “still waters”

He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, He restores my soul. He guides me in paths of righteousness for his name's sake.
— Psalm 23:2-3

Dear Lord we thank you, for slowing down our frantic life and leading us to times of refreshment, rest, and nourishment. We trust that you will lead us to what we need as you mature us to have more and more of your righteous character. Please forgive us for getting too busy to hear your voice and to respond to your grace. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Taking your daily vitamins

Remember to take your vitamins every day

Anxious- Take Vitamin A"All things work together for good for those who love God, who are called according to His purpose." (Romans 8:28)

Blue- Take Vitamin B"Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless His Holy name." (Psalm 103:1)

Crushed- Take Vitamin C"Cast all your care on Him, because he cares for you."(1Peter5:7)

Depressed- Take Vitamin D"Draw near to God, and He will draw near to you." (James 4:8)

Empty- Take Vitamin E"Enter His gates with thanksgiving, and His courts withpraise. Give thanks to Him, bless His name." (Psalm 100:4)

Fearful- Take Vitamin F"Fear not, for I am with you, do not be afraid, for I am your God." (Isaiah 41:10)

Greedy- Take Vitamin G"Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down,shaken together, running over, will be put unto your lap; for the measure you give will be the measure you get back." (Luke 6:38)

Hesitant- Take Vitamin H"How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of the messenger who announces peace, who brings goodnews, who announces Salvation, who says to Zion,'Your God reigns.'" (Isaiah 52:7)

Insecure- Take Vitamin I"I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me."(Philippians 4:13)

Jittery- Take Vitamin J"Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever."(Hebrews 13:8)

Know nothing- Take Vitamin K"Know this that the LORD is God, it is He that madeus and not we ourselves. (Psalm 100:3)

Lonely- Take Vitamin L"Lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age."(Matthew 28:20)

Mortgaged- Take Vitamin M"My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness." (2 Corinthians 12:9)

Nervous- Take Vitamin N"Never, no never will I leave you nor forsake you." (Hebrews 13:5)

Overwhelmed- Take Vitamin O"Overcome evil with good." (Romans 12:21)

Perplexed or puzzled?- Take Vitamin P"Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid." (John 14:27)

Quitting- Take Vitamin Q"Watch, stand fast in the faith, be brave, be strong."(1 Corinthians 16:13)

Restless- Take Vitamin R"Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for Him." (Psalm 37:7)

Scared- Take Vitamin S"Stay with me, and do not be afraid; for the one who seeks my life seeks your life; you will be safe with me." (1 Samuel 22:23)

Tired- Take Vitamin T"Those who wait on the LORD shall renew their strength, they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint." (Isaiah 40:31)

Uncertain- Take Vitamin U"Understand that I am (the LORD). Before Me no God was formed, nor shall there be any after Me." (Isaiah 43:10)

Vain- Take Vitamin V"Vexed with unclean spirits: and they were healed every one.(Acts 5:16)

Wondering what to do?- Take Vitamin W"What does the LORD require of you but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God?" (Micah 6:8)

Exhausted?- Take Vitamin X"Exercise thyself rather unto godliness." (1 Timothy 4:7)

Yearning for hope?- Take Vitamin Y"Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,I will fear no evil; for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff,they comfort me." (Psalm 23:4)

Zapped- Take Vitamin Z"Zealous for good deeds." (Titus 2:14)


I can't take credit for this but I thought it was really good. I reccomend printing it out and putting it in your Bible for the time you really need some encouragement.

Dear Lord I pray that as we go through each day that we would remember to take our vitamins. Help us always to remember to stay in Your Word so when those tough times come we will have the answer. In Jesus Name, Amen

Friday, September 4, 2009

God's beautiful creation

As we look into the heavens on a dark night we see the wonders of the starry hosts. Think of the incredible diversity of earth's wonders. Look at your own life and see the fingerprints of God's work in your own experience (Rom. 8:28). As Jesus said, our Father is working still (John 5:17). Yes, it does make us glad to know that we are not alone in working our own life (Psalm 139; Phil. 2:13). There is a deep-seated joy at knowing that the LORD, Creator of the universe is at work in us and for us. No wonder singing praise is such a natural response for us!

For you make me glad by your deeds, O LORD; I sing for joy at the works of your hands.
— Psalm 92:4

Dear Lord, I praise you for power and glory revealed in the majesty of your creation. I thank you for your work in transforming and recreating me, as well. Please continue your transforming work in me. Make me what you want me to be. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

I shall not want

When anyone says, “I shall not want…” it should cause us to stop and think, Why? Because ours is an age of discontentment. Everyone wants more – not just professional athletes. Little ones want more attention, toys and TV time. Teenagers want more “freedom” and popularity. Adults want more money and leisure time. Seniors want more health, friends and loyalty of family. Basically we are not contented people. We should strive to be content with what God gives us or doesn’t give us. After all He is our Shepherd and He takes care of his sheep.

The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not be in want.
— Psalm 23:1

Dear Lord our Great Shepherd, carry me like a lamb, tenderly in your arms and close to your heart. My life, my future, and my strength depend upon you. Please help me hear your voice above the confusing distractions around me. Under your care I have no
fears. Thank you for being my Shepherd. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Praise Ye the Lord

When was the last time you made up a song? The last time you made up a song of praise to God? Worried that you can't do it? Don't think it will be good? Don't worry! your only audience is your Abba Father who longs to hear your heart sing regardless of your voice's perfection or your melody's tune. He wants to rejoice and be glad with you. So open your heart and raise your voice to praise your God.

Let every thing that hath breath praise the LORD. Praise ye the LORD. — Psalm 150:6

Dear Lord I praise you for the rising and setting of the sun. I praise you for the gift of grace. I praise you for the way you have taken care of your people. I praise you for sending Jesus, to be my Messiah and Lord. I praise you for raising him from the dead. I praise you for your promise to send him back for your children. I praise you for your work in my life. I praise, O LORD, and I am glad to be your child. In Jesus' name. Amen

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

He is our shelter

At the end of the day of summer's scorching heat, where did you find your shadow of protection and refreshment? When we place our lives in the care of God Most High, we find that his shadow of protection and refreshment covers us. Even in times of difficulty, we know that he has protected us from the worst of Satan's withering attack and that his presence offers us strength that we may not often see but always can trust.

He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.
— Psalm 91:1

Dear Lord give me eyes to see, and a heart to believe that you are there when I cannot see any evidence of your presence. Please be my protection in times of attack and my refreshment in times that bring soul-withering despair. In Jesus' name, Amen.